Category Archives: Tips for Filmmakers

FilmFreeway vs Withoutabox and the rest

[Here’s a great April 3, 2016 article – The seismic shift in the world of film festivals – which includes recent research about Withoutabox and FilmFreeway. It’s well worth reading!] Withoutabox is the Goliath when it comes to platforms that … Continue reading

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Animation Schools and Animated Short Films to Watch

The Banff Centre recently announced a National Film Board/Banff Centre Work Study that involved working with Cam Christiansen, a filmmaker who produced, directed, and animated I Have Seen the Future which was in our 2008 festival. Applicants needed the following … Continue reading

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Screenwriting Workshops

Los Angeles filmmaker and screenwriting consultant Michelle Steffes will teach 2 screenwriting workshops during the festival – a 2-day feature screenwriting workshop called Clubbing Inspiration ($125)  on Thursday and Friday, May 3-4 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and a … Continue reading

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10 Tips For Submitting to Festivals

With our submission deadline of December 15 less than 2 weeks away, the number of short films I’ve looked at since our last fest has just passed the 500 mark and we’ve received over 100 submissions so far from 26 … Continue reading

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Transmedia – Workshop & Video Presentation

Traditional storytelling using one particular medium may soon be overtaken by transmedia storytelling which Henry Jenkins defines as “a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified … Continue reading

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May the Farce Be With You

With Halloween over, Christmas is right around the corner.  For Star Wars fans, what could be better than the Blu-ray set Star Wars: The Complete Saga?  Some changes have been made to the original movies which has infuriated die-hard fans, … Continue reading

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Producing 101

Most people can rattle off a long list of famous actors, a much shorter list of famous directors, but maybe only a few producers.   What does a producer do, particularly when it comes to making films in Canada? Apparently, even … Continue reading

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Film school – the $32,000 question

So you want to be a director. Does that mean tuition of $32,000 (or more) awaits you? Not necessarily, but let me digress for a moment. Trevor Anderson is the Edmonton Writer/Producer/Director of The High Level Bridge which was in … Continue reading

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